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UNDP, Delta Set July Timeline For Pact On Climate Change

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Delta State Government have set a July timeline to sign a pact on measures aimed at combating and mitigating the effect of climate change in the state.

This was part of the outcome of a two-day technical session officials of the UNDP team on Territorial Approach on Climate Change (TACC) and top government officials of the state had together in Asaba.

UNDP team leader from Geneva, Christophe Nuttal, briefing the Delta State Deputy Governor, Professor Amos Utuama (SAN), after the session, observed that the body was pleased that the administration of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan was steps ahead of other governments in Africa in the crusade and measures on Climate Change.

A member of the UNDP team from South Africa, Dr. Akiko Yamamoto, informed that the body and the state government have set a July timeline for the signing of a final agreement on measures to address climate change.

Yamamoto explained that under the arrangement, a consultant would come to the state in May to interact with stakeholders and look into documents prepared by the Delta State Government.

“Then in June we will have first draft project document ready for review. We hope by ending of June we have a final document ready for appraisal. Our target is by end of July we have project document signed by Delta State Government, by the Federal Government and the UNDP,” she added.

Utuama, who stood in for the governor, on his part, said “We want to win the battle against the adverse effect of climate change…Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan’s leadership in the issues of climate change will not only be at the conception stage. It will be carried further to the implementation stage and even much further to the monitoring stage and step further to the conclusion stage.

In all of these, we will partner with you and others wherever it becomes necessary to do so. For us in Delta we are very certain…and will be on top of climate change in Delta State.”

Head of Climate Change Unit in the Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr. Victor Fodake on his part, acknowledged that the Delta State Government was taking the lead in the fight against the adverse effect of climate change and expressed the readiness of the Federal Government to collaborate with the state.

The Delta State Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Bello Orubebe also noted, “as a ministry we have attempted to frame the climate change. We’ve looked at mediation and we’ve also looked at adoption.

“We are the first in sub-Saharan Africa to develop a programme on climate change. We have submitted this to the stakeholders’ forum in February…We have embarked on consultations and we have been dealing with communities.”

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UNIBEN to award degrees for Federal College of Education (Tech), Asaba

*** As College plans Open University education

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Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba has embarked on the processes of affiliating the College to the University of Benin for its Degree programmes and the full commencement of the National Open University education in the College.

Provost of the College, Dr. Gabriel Iloh disclosed this during the matriculation ceremony for 1,424 students in National Certificate in Education (NCE), Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PDE) and Part-time programme for 2009/2010 academic session in Asaba, Delta state capital.

The Provost said the numerous achievements in the College were made possible by the peace and harmonious relationship between staff and management on one hand and among staff, students and unions on the other hand.

The College, according to Dr. Iloh, has produced about 20,000 technical/vocational graduates with NCE certificates, adding that the more academic achievements would be recorded when the affiliation processes with the University of Benin for Degree programmes is completed.

He therefore advised the new students to remain focused and should not attempt to compromise the rules and regulations of the College. “The College does not brook any form of indiscipline, under any guise and name. Please be warned!”

Meanwhile, the Director of Academic Planning and elected member of the College’s Governing Council, Dr. Ignatious Ezoem attributed the successes recorded so far by the College to exemplary leadership potentials of the College’s administrators.

Dr. Ezoem harped on the need for a sustainable commitment from the College’s authority by providing their personal potentials which, according to him, would in turn demand favourable compliance by the students.

“To manage an institution like this College, one requires a participant proficiency to take part in what followers do and be part of the instrument to accomplish the instruction given out. We take pedagogic attainment with aptitude seriously and that is why, by God’s grace there is a cross mutation of peaceful co-existence in this College”, he said.

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Edo Election: INEC Fixes May 27 PVCs Distribution Commencement

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Edo State will begin the distribution of about 373,030 uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) on May 27.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Anugbum Onuoha, made this known in Benin last Thursday during a stakeholders’ meeting on the forthcoming Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise.
Onuoha stated that the PVC collection exercise would be done side-by-side with the CVR exercise, also scheduled for May 27.
The Tide’s source reports that the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, had announced to begin the CVR exercise in Edo and Ondo ahead of the governorship elections in the two states.
Onuoha said while the statistics of registered voters in Edo is 2,501,081, collected PVC is 2,128,288 and uncollected PVCs stand at 373,030.
He said both the CVR and the PVC collection would be a 10-day exercise, starting from May 27 to June 5, from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. daily, including weekends.
The REC explained that the exercise would be conducted in the 192 wards and the state headquarters of INEC in Edo State.
He also disclosed that each registration centre would be managed by two officials drawn from the Commission and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
“In addition to the registration of voters, the Commission will also make available the uncollected PVCs for collection during CVR.
“Also note that no PVC will be collected by proxy. Registered voters should come in person to collect their cards.
“There will be no pre-registration option because of time constraints”, he said.
Onuoha, however, appealed for the support of the media, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), traditional rulers and religious leaders in encouraging voters to locate and pick up their PVCs.
According to him, the Commission has published the final list of candidates for the Edo governorship election following the conclusion of primaries of the political parties.
The Deputy Director, Voter Registry, INEC, Abuja, Mrs Doris Kande-Wyom, who took stakeholders through CVR processes, appealed to them to mobilise prospective registrants for the exercise.
The source reports that the meeting had in attendance the chairmen of political parties, religious leaders, traditional rulers, security agencies, and CSOs among others.

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Bayelsa Woos Investors In Power Sector

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The Bayelsa State Government has said it is poised to take advantage of the Electricity (Amendment) Act recently enacted by the National Assembly by partnering well-meaning investors to generate and supply power in the State.
Deputy Governor of the State, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, made this known during a recent courtesy visit by the House of Representatives Committee on Power led by its Chairman, Hon. Victor Nwokolo, to Government House, Yenagoa.
Ewhrudjakpo identified poor power supply occasioned by endemic corruption and lack of patriotism on the part of most stakeholders in the sector as a major stumbling block to efforts being made to drive industrial and economic development in Nigeria.
While expressing gratitude to his visitors, he urged them to facilitate the resuscitation of the Gbarain 252 Mega Watts Power Station in Koroama, which had a part of it burnt since September, last year, thereby subjecting the state to unprecedented power outages.
The state’s number two man wondered why the Federal Fovernment-owned station had failed to function effectively for the people to benefit maximally despite the state government’s support.
He, however, commended the National Assembly for enacting the Nigerian Electricity (Amendment) Act 2024, which ended the monopoly of the Federal Government in the power sector over the years.
The Deputy Governor also thanked the member representing the Yenagoa/Kolokuma Federal Constituency at the House Representatives, Hon. Oboku Oforji, for raising the issue of blackout in the state on the floor of the house, which necessitated the visit.
Speaking further, he stated that although investment in the power sector was quite capital intensive, the state government’s doors were open for effective partnerships to meet the energy needs of the state.
“We thank the two chambers of the National Assembly for passing the Electricity Act, because it has unbundled and dismantled the monopoly in the hand of the Federal Government. Now it is a question of what you can do in your state.
“If there is no power, there is no development. The power issue is actually the main issue in this country. But unfortunately, that is one area we are not giving enough attention to.
“As a state, we are ready to partner with serious investors in the power sector to produce enough power to meet the energy needs of our state.
“We are happy the Niger Delta Power Holding Company is represented here. We want you to build an additional power plant to boost power generation”, he said.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman, House Committee on Power, Hon. Victor Nwokolo, said they were in Bayelsa for an on-the-spot inspection of the burnt section of the power transmission station at Gbarain in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
Addressing newsmen at the Gbarain Power Plant, Hon. Nwokolo assured that the Committee would report its findings to the House to enable it take informed decisions to improve power supply in Bayelsa and its environs.
Also speaking, the Member representing Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma Federal Constituency, Hon. Oboku, and the Managing Director, Bayelsa State Electricity Company, Mr Olice Kemenanabo, expressed displeasure at the laid-back attitude of NDPHC toward fixing the burnt section of the Gbarain power plant.
While cautioning against politicization of power supply issues in the state, they called on the Federal Government to prevail on the Niger Delta Power Holding Company and other relevant stakeholders to urgently tackle the power outage problem in Bayelsa.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian House of Representatives passed a resolution to resuscitate the Gbarain power transmission station during plenary recently following the adoption of a motion sponsored by Hon. Oboku Oforji, member representing Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma Federal Constituency of Bayelsa State.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Ewhrudhakpo Tasks Healthcare Board On Alternative Funding

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Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, has charged the state Primary Healthcare Board (BSPHCB) to seek alternative sources of funding to complement the financial support from the State Government and the local councils to achieve set goals in the primary health subsector.
He gave the charge recently when the Board’s Chairman, Dr. Markson Amaegbe-Tamuno, Executive Secretary, Dr William Appah, and members of the Board paid a courtesy visit to his office in Government House, Yenagoa.
To achieve its objectives of efficient primary healthcare delivery to the people, he said it was expedient for the Board to solicit funding support from the multinational oil companies operating in the State, including Shell, Agip, Aiteo, Conoil and several others.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo, who disclosed that the state’s community health insurance is now part of the Bayelsa Health Insurance Scheme (BHIS), made a case for pyramid funding to enable the primary health subsector, which occupies the bottom rung of the health system enjoy better resource allocation.
He argued that primary healthcare requires more funding and human resources to run effectively, stressing that its inefficiency largely accounts for the plethora of cases being handled at the secondary and tertiary levels of the health management system in the country.
Speaking further, the Deputy Governor disclosed that government would soon set up a special taskforce to move to every part of the state to identify and immunize children who are yet to receive immunization, particularly in remote parts of the state.
To this end, he directed the Board to deploy a greater number of the six water ambulances donated recently to the State Government by UNICEFand GAVI Foundation to operate in predominantly riverine Local Government Areas of the state.
“We appreciate the efforts of your Board towards improved primary healthcare service delivery in the state. But to be more effective, the Board should deploy the six water ambulances donated by the UNICEF to predominantly riverine areas of the state.
“In funding, we really want you to think outside the box to source for funds from the international oil companies operating in the state. They should contribute to your funding as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to complement what comes from the state and the local governments.
“While we are looking at the issues of recruitment of primary healthcare personnel, renovation of dilapidated health centers, we will soon set up a special taskforce to identify and immunize the 20,000 children who the UNICEF reported had not been immunized in the state”, he said.
Delivering his address, the Chairman of the Bayelsa State Primary Healthcare Board (BSPHCB), Dr. Markson Amaegbe-Tamuno, requested government to approve the recruitment of more health workers to be deployed to the grossly understaffed health centers across the state.
Amaegbe also appealed for the renovation of some dilapidated health centers, provision of a more befitting office for the Board, and the constitution of the local government primary healthcare authorities.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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